I lived for a few years in a household where one of the members left guns laying around all the time and nothing happened. I don't condone it, but I'm betting there was a time when most American gun owners didn't have a safe.Not a fan at all of being made to store my firearms a certain way or told how to do so in my home.
Its my home...I know what is best for it...not someone who doesn't live there.
What works well in one home , may not in another....
Safety does not come with a "one size fits all " solution.
With that said....
It is imperative that you truly know your home , who lives in it and take a honest look at your situation...
When it comes to safe firearm storage .
One mistake with a firearm can have life altering consequenses.
Something to consider here is that , yes the boy killed himself with her gun.
I am sure that there are kitchen knives , cleaning chemicals , yard maintenance equipment , electric devices / outlets...
And more than likely given the times we live in , some sort of prescription medicine that would produce the same result...
All in the same home.
Hell , he could have just walked out in front of traffic.
My point with the above is that if someone wants to harm themselves or others...
There are plenty of ways of doing so.
I am made to lock up my guns in my home.
There is another case I know of in WA where a man was charged for unsafe storage when his teen son killed himself. Oddly enough, also a member of the LE community.Teen suicide has skyrocketed since 2019. If this is the first time someone has been prosecuted under the safe storage law, is this the first teen firearm suicide since the law?
I did. Was never a big deal to me then, but Im not so certain things were really different back then other than less population. Id be curious to learn what the method of teen suicide was "back in the day" when it was common to have unsecured guns in the home?I wonder how many of us grew up with parents who kept their firearms in their bedroom closet or in a nightstand beside their bed.
As a locksmith, I disagree--I just paid to have my AMSEC BF series 60x30 safe moved from my shop to the house. It weights 1850lbs empty & security-wise clocks in just under a TL-15.I have LONG said one advantage to a safe, any safe, is liability. Decades before that kook was another kook who got another teen to do a school shoot. That freak used a torch to cut open his Grandfathers safe to get guns. Lawyers tried to go after Grandfather and case was promptly tossed due to the fact the scum had to cut open a safe to get the guns.
Assuming we are getting the real story here, always a crap shoot with legacy media, this is very sad. The Mom paid a VERY heavy price for lack of judgment and will carry that with her the rest of her life now. It is a good warning to others though. Problem being when dealing with a kid that old? There is no gun safe made that would keep that kid out of it.
So your safe is cutting torch proof huh? Amazing. Banks should be using your kind of safeAs a locksmith, I disagree--I just paid to have my AMSEC BF series 60x30 safe moved from my shop to the house. It weights 1850lbs empty & security-wise clocks in just under a TL-15.
Sounds like a suicide preventative!That's how it was in my house growing up! If he didn't explicitly tell you that you could pick it up, you didn't dare pick it up.
Your kids are good with a cutting torch?
I know I did along with two siblings that also survived some how, raised two of mine the same way, they also survived.She screwed up. She lost her son as a result. That is punishment enough in my book. How does the state make things better by locking her up?
I wonder how many of us grew up with parents who kept their firearms in their bedroom closet or in a nightstand beside their bed. Were they hideously negligent, or did the nature of our society fundamentally change?
My safe registers just below TL-15--UL gives a TL-15 safe a 15 minute rating, which is fairly substantial in the safe world. I have zero control over which tools a criminal will bring to open my safe but I can guarantee that an angle grinder with a cut-off wheel will take a very long time to slice through a 5" thick safe door